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How to Clean Glass Pool Fence

In the pool-building industry, we always advise our customers to remember the three C’s of pool upkeep: circulation, cleaning and chemistry. When it comes to cleaning, it’s significantly important to know how to clean glass pool fences.

Luckily, from our crystal-clear guide, you will learn the easiest and most effective way to clean the glass fences and see-through panels of your pool. We will give you some pro-cleaning tips to keep your pool spotless.

How to Clean Glass Pool Fence

Many of the clients for whom we have constructed glass wall pools also have glass fences. They make the pool area look more luxurious and spacious but are also hygienic and durable.

Cleaning your glass pool fence won’t be a daunting task if you know how to do it. To make your job easier, we will explain everything you need to know, starting from cleaning supplies and finishing with some tips to keep your glass pool fence clean longer.

How to Clean Glass Pool Fence
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Supplies for cleaning glass pool fence

First, you need to check if you have all the supplies for cleaning your glass pool fence. The good news is that you probably have everything you need already in your home. However, if you have to buy a thing or two, you will likely find the supplies in your local supermarket.

Here is a list of everything you will need to utilize the techniques for cleaning glass pool fences yourself:

  • Garden hose pipe
  • Bucket or something similar
  • Warm water
  • Non-abrasive sponge, microfibre cloth or mop head
  • Dish detergent, glass cleaner, or vinegar
  • Squeegee
  • Another dry microfiber cloth, preferably lint-free

Can I use natural cleaners on a glass pool fence?

You can use natural cleaners such as vinegar, environmental-friendly glass cleaners, and dish soap detergents. The number one rule for cleaning glass pool fences is to avoid harsh chemicals. More specifically, every cleaning solution that doesn’t contain high pH, acids, and bleach is perfect for cleaning glass pool fences.

Steps for cleaning glass pool fences

After you have all the cleaning supplies in one place, here are the steps for cleaning glass pool fences:

  1. Take the garden hose and turn it on so it has a gentle flow. Rinse both sides of the glass to remove dirt and debris from it. Avoid using high pressure, and never rinse the glass fences and pool see-through panels with a pressure washer.
  2. Prepare the cleaning solution. In the bucket, put warm water and mix it with a little bit of dish detergent.
  3. Take the sponge, microfibre cloth or mop head, dip them into the cleaning solution and thoroughly scrub the pool fence. Don’t use abrasive scrubbing products.
  4. When you are done, rinse the glass fence again. Ensure all the soap residues are washed away.
  5. Use the squeegee to clean the water drops off the glass panels. Avoid metal scrapers or blades because they will likely scratch the glass fence.
  6. Get a dry cloth and remove the excess water.
Steps for cleaning glass pool fences
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How to clean railings and posts

If your pool has glass pool fencing rails, posts and fixings, you will have to clean those too regularly. In most cases, we make them out of steel or aluminum, which makes the cleaning process straightforward.

Follow the same steps as on how to clean glass pool fence. Use warm, soapy water and a non-scratch cleaning pad to clean the railings and posts. Rinse them off from the soap, and they should be squeaky clean.

How Do You Remove Hard Water Stains From Pool Glass?

Even though the hard stains on the pool glass might start to concern you if they don’t come off with soap and warm water, you shouldn’t worry. You can clean hard water stains with more heavy-duty cleaning solutions like Calcium, Lime and Rust Remover, or CRL in short. The CRL will quickly dissolve the calcium and mineral deposits from the hard water.

A vinegar-water mixture is also an effective way to clean stains on pool glass panels and fences. Use one part of white vinegar and 10 parts of water, mix them together and put them in a bucket or spray bottle. Use a cloth or newspaper to scrub the area, and the tough stains will probably be removed.

Although you can clean it yourself, it might be best to hire or at least consult with professionals about your options.

How to Keep Your Glass Pool Fence Clean

Understandably, you can keep your glass pool fence spotless with regular cleaning. But is there something else you can do to minimize your cleaning effort? The answer is using glass protective coating. Applying such products is the most effective way to keep your pool fence clean and prolong its lifespan.

Depending on the specific product you will use, you can expect the glass pool fencing protection to:

  • Repel water, dirt, salt and other stains
  • Protect the surface from etching
  • Minimize the risk of corrosion of the railings
  • Make the cleaning process easier
  • Protect the glass from moisture, alkalinity, and limescale

These products are also called self-cleaning coating. They got their name because they fill the microscopic pits and grooves of the glass and make the surface smooth. Consequently, it will be harder for dirt and glass to stick to the glass, maintaining it clean for a longer time.

When applying such solutions, you should keep in mind that they don’t last forever. Each application has a certain lifespan, but most with average quality can last up to three years.

Glass Pool Fence Cleaning Frequency

If you want to clean your glass pool fence by the book, we recommend doing it once a month or, at most, every 10 weeks. However, you should determine the frequency of cleaning your glass pool fence according to its state.

For instance, if you live in an area where there is a lot of dust or the glass gets dirty easily because you are frequently using the pool, you might need to do it more often. If your pool is near the coast, clean it once a month, even if it doesn’t look dirty because of the possible salt buildup.

The climate will also dictate how often you should clean the glass pool fence. For instance, pools in areas with tropical climates and severe conditions will require more frequent cleaning, approximately every two weeks. Hence, it is important to clean your glass fence regularly to avoid grime build-up and keep it looking like new.

Expert tip: Having dirt or dust on your glass for a day or two won’t do any damage to the material. Yet, bird or other animal droppings should be cleaned immediately. If you spot one on your glass fence or railings, clean it immediately to avoid eroding.

Cleaning Acrylic and Glass Pool Panels

We always recommend cleaning the acrylic or glass pool panels when you are cleaning the fences. You can make your backyard oasis spotless with the same supplies.

If you have an ordinary concrete pool, now is the best time to contact us and take advantage of the benefits acrylic and glass pool panel pools offer, such as a luxurious look and enhanced durability.

So, to clean acrylic and glass pool panels, you should:

  1. Spray the pool panel with a hose to remove most of the dust and dirt.
  2. Use lukewarm water and a mild detergent combination to clean the remaining particles.
  3. Rinse the pool panels again and dry the area with a clean cloth.

By cleaning both the glass fence and the see-through panels of your pool simultaneously, you will always have an aesthetically pleasing pool area. Plus, you will secure time and effort efficiency. You can make all transparent surfaces spotless with one go.

Cleaning Acrylic and Glass Pool Panels
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Knowing how to clean glass pool fences and maintaining a regular cleaning schedule will ensure its longevity and durability. You can make your pool area look spotless with supplies you already have at home and a little effort.

Follow our pro tips and techniques for cleaning glass pool fences so that they can keep their gleaming transparency and be as good as new. Lastly, remember that cleaning certain streaks on time will minimize the risk of them becoming stains, requiring more time and effort to clean.

Neal Moir

Neal Moir

is the owner at Titan Aquatic Exhibits and brings more than a decade in aquarium and acrylic pool wall manufacturing experience.

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